Korean Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal on Korea and Koreans Abroad

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ISSN: 0145-840X
E-ISSN: 1529-1529
Frequency: Annual

Korean Studies, edited at the University of Hawai‘i Center for Korean Studies, seeks to further scholarship on Korea by providing a forum for discourse on timely subjects, and addresses a variety of scholarly topics through interdisciplinary and multicultural articles, book reviews, and essays in the humanities and social sciences. All scholarly articles on Korea and the Korean community abroad are welcomed, including topics of interest to the specialist and nonspecialist alike. The journal is invaluable for Korea specialists as well as those whose interests touch on Korea, the Korean community abroad, or Asian, ethnic, and comparative studies.

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Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Book Series: Hawai‘i Studies on Korea

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  • Recent Articles
  • How Did Buddhists Venerate the Avataṃsaka-sūtra in Late Premodern Korea? Insights from Two Manuscript Ritual Texts
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    A Population Genetic Perspective on Korean Prehistory
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    From Catch-up to Convergence? Re-casting the Trajectory of Capitalism in South Korea
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    Qing China’s Misguided Foreign Policy and the Struggle to Dominate Korea (According to the Russian Archive)
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    Mobile North Korean Women and Long-Distance Motherhood: The (Re)Construction of Intimacy and the Ambivalence of Family
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    North Korean Migrants in South Korea: “Multicultural” or “Global” Citizens?
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    Homing: An Affective Topography of Ethnic Korean Return Migration by Ji-Yeon O. Jo (review)
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    K-pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance by Suk-Young Kim (review)
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    Broken Voices: Postcolonial Entanglements and the Preservation of Korea’s Central Folksong Traditions by Roald Maliangkay (review)
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    International Perspectives on Translation, Education and Innovation in Japanese and Korean Societies ed. by David G. Hebert (review)
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    Communication, Digital Media, and Popular Culture in Korea: Contemporary Research and Future Prospects ed. by Dal Yong Jin and Nojin Kwak (review)
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

    From Miracle to Mirage: The Making and Unmaking of the Korean Middle Class, 1960–2015 by Myungji Yang (review)
    Posted on Saturday May 02, 2020

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  • Author Guidelines
  • Korean Studies is the official journal of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai‘i. The first issue was published in 1977 and has since been published annually by the University of Hawai‘i (UH) Press. Korean Studies is an all-inclusive multidisciplinary journal that welcomes scholarly articles focusing on Korea-related research across all academic disciplines. We publish new research, review articles, and book reviews about various topics within the field of Korean Studies.

    All articles are printed in English, and all submissions must be in English following the guidelines described below. All manuscripts should be submitted with text formatted in Times New Roman, 12-point font, single-spaced, with 1” margins, and pages numbered. In the Layout Tab, please click on the Line Numbers and choose Continuous. Line numbers should then appear continuously on the left side of the pages. Korean transliteration should conform to the McCune-Reischauer system, with the exception that the Yale romanization system may be used in linguistics articles. Original Asian characters may be included in parentheses (e.g., Korean, Chinese, Japanese) for words whose meanings may not be clear when translated into English. See previous issues for reference.

    Submission Types

    Korean Studies publishes regular research articles (10,000-word limit), news and viewpoint pieces (2,000-word limit), and book reviews (1,000-word limit). Research articles may present new research findings or review current debates in a specific field. News and viewpoint pieces may take the form of responses to previously published works, either in Korean Studies or another venue. However, note that original authors will have the opportunity to review response pieces and respond with formal replies.

    Once a manuscript is formally accepted each manuscript will proceed through copy- editing. Once copy-editing is completed every manuscript will be uploaded to the Advance Publication site as a paper formally “In Press” [with associated DOI (Digital Object Identifier)]. It is then downloadable and citable. Formal publication in an issue of the journal, including publication year, volume and page numbers, will occur when the editor has a sufficient number of papers to complete an issue. Once all papers are accepted for an issue the manuscripts are compiled and the production process is completed, at which time the issue will be published online and in print.

    Cover Letter

    For regular research articles and news and viewpoint submissions, a cover letter should be included with your manuscript, addressed to the current Editor-in-Chief. The letter should briefly outline the article topic and should include a list of possible reviewers (both recommended and advised against). The letter should also explicitly state that the submitted work has not been published previously and is not currently under review for publication elsewhere. In other words, all submissions must be considered original pieces of work. Further, the cover letter must state explicitly that there are no ethical concerns with the research described or its submission, and for research involving human subjects, that the necessary Institutional Review Board (IRB) permits were procured and approved. If necessary, copies of the IRB permits may be requested by the Editor-in-Chief.

    Cover Sheet 

    The cover sheet should include the title of the paper (10 words or less recommended), the authors, and their affiliations. The affiliations should be ordered using “1”, “2”, “3”, et cetera. The CorrespondingAuthor(s) should be identified with an “*” after their affiliation. Contact information (email address and telephone number) should be provided for the Corresponding Author(s). The total number of pages, figures, tables, and word length should be listed on the cover sheet below the authorinformation.


    The abstract should provide a brief overview of the paper and detail the highlights of the primary findings of the research in no more than 250 words. Two lines below the abstract, 5–7 keywords should be listed for the purpose of indexing.


    The manuscript should minimally include an Introduction as well as Background, Discussion, and Conclusion sections. If the manuscript is more analytical, Materials and Methods and Results sections should be included. Authors have some flexibility regarding the actual organization of the body of the manuscript, but sections and subsections should be well defined and easy for readers to follow. For instance, heading titles should be bold, while subheadings should be italicized.

    The body of the manuscript should not include embedded figures and tables within the manuscript. However, authors may indicate desired placement of figures and tables as follows:



    The tables can be appended to the end of the manuscript or included in a separate Word file. Either way, all tables should be submitted in Word or Excel formats rather than images in order to facilitate editing. Figures should be submitted as individual high-resolution JPEG and/or TIFF files.


    Manuscripts should follow the style guidelines outlined below; those that do not may be returned for revision before review. Korean Studies style generally conforms to APA (American Psychological Association) style, most frequently used within the social sciences to cite various sources.

    Citations should be inserted in the text as appropriate. Multiple citations should be ordered chronologically and then alphabetically. When a citation lists two authors, include both author names and insert “and” between them. Citations with three or more authors should indicate the first author name followed by “et al.”. Some examples are provided as follows:

    … previous studies suggest… (e.g., Kim, 1980; Lee, 1990; Park, 2000).

    … previous studies by Kim (1980), Lee (1990), and Park (2000) suggest…

    … previous studies suggest (Kim and Lee, 1985; Lee and Park, 1995).

    … previous studies suggest… (Kim et al., 1987; Lee et al., 1987; Park et al., 2007).

    The same applies to sentences beginning with a citation. For example:

    Lee and Park (1995)

    argued … Kim et al.

    (1987) argued …

    When multiple authors share the same family name, include the first letters of their given names. For example:

    … (C.J. Bae, 2015; K.D. Bae, 2016).

    When the same author has multiple publications in the same year, they should be cited as follows:

    … (Kim, 2012a, 2012b, 2012c).

    When direct quotes are used, always include the page number(s). For example:

    Kim et al. (2014:51) stated that “[h]istorically, sedentary living in a permanent place has not always had positive effects on health and longevity.”


    Endnotes may be used to clarify certain points in the body of the text. Although there is no set limit on the number of endnotes that can appear in a manuscript, journal policy strongly recommends using endnotes minimally. Ultimately, if the information is sufficiently important, it should appear in the body of the text rather than as an endnote. Manuscripts submitted with footnotes or what may be considered too many endnotes will be returned to authors for revision before they are sent out for review.


    People who contributed to the study in any way should be acknowledged in a note at the end of the body of the text, as well as any funding sources that require acknowledgment.

    References Cited

    Every reference cited in the manuscript must appear in this section. References not cited in the manuscript should be deleted from this section.

    References should be listed alphabetically and then chronologically when the same author is listed more than once. When the original publication is in a language other than English, a note should appear at the end of the reference, for instance: “(in Korean)” or “(in Korean with English abstract)”.

    The reference format is specifically designed for various algorithms (e.g., SCOPUS, Google Scholar, etc.) to capture the citation data from these articles. In theory, this should help raise the visibility of the article that cites the various papers and books listed.

    Examples of specific formats are as follows:

    Single-author journal articles:

    Seong, C.T., 2015. Diversity of lithic assemblages and evolution of Late Palaeolithic culture in Korea. Asian Perspectives 54(1), 91–112.

    Multi-author journal articles:

    Jin, J.J.H., Shipman, P., 2010. Documenting natural wear on antlers: A first step in identifying use-wear on purported antler tools. Quaternary International 211, 91– 102.

    References with more than five coauthors (list the first five followed by “et al.”), for example:

    Kim, M.J., Ki, H.C., Kim, S.D., Chai, J.Y., Seo, M. et al., 2014. Parasitic infection patterns correlated with urban-rural recycling of night soil in Korea and other East Asian countries: The archaeological and historical evidence. Korean Studies 38, 51– 74.

    Authors with multiple publications in the same year (list as “a”, “b”, etc. in the body of the text to match the references listed in the paper), for example:

    Norton, C.J., Gao, X., 2008a. Zhoukoudian Upper Cave revisited. Current Anthropology 49, 732–745.

    Norton, C.J., Gao, X., 2008b. Hominin-carnivore interactions during the Chinese Early Paleolithic: Taphonomic perspectives from Xujiayao. Journal of Human Evolution 55, 164–178.

    Stand-alone books:

    Barnes, E., 2005. Diseases and Human Evolution. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

    Dissertations and theses: 

    Kim, J.S., 2002. The Late Neolithic–Early Bronze Transition and Cessation of Island Exploitation in Central-Western Korea: The Spread of Territoriality into a Mobile Hunter- Gatherer Context. Ph.D. Dissertation, Arizona State University, Tempe.

    Book chapters:

    Wolpoff, M.H., Wu, X., Thorne, A.G., 1984. Modern Homo sapiens origins: A general theory of hominid evolution involving the fossil evidence from East Asia. In: Smith, F.H., Spencer, F. (eds.), The Origins of Modern Humans: A World Survey of the Fossil Evidence. New York: Alan R. Liss, pp. 411-484.

    How to Cite a Newspaper in Print


    Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Newspaper Title, pp. Page(s).


    Bowman, L. (1990, March 7). Bills target Lake Erie mussels. The Pittsburgh Press, p. A4. Meier, B. (2013, January 1). Energy Drinks Promise Edge, but Experts Say Proof Is Scant. New York Times, p. 1.

    How to Cite a Newspaper Online


    Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Newspaper Title, pp. Page(s). Retrieved from URL.


    Bowman, L. (1990, March 7). Bills target Lake Erie mussels. The Pittsburgh Press, p. A4. Retrieved from http://www.pittsburghpress.com

    Meier, B. (2013, January 1). Energy drinks promise edge, but experts say proof is scant. New York Times, p. 1. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com


    Figures should be submitted separately as high resolution JPEG or TIFF images. Figures submitted in color will be full-color in the online version of the article. However, all figures will print in black and white unless authors opt to cover the cost of color printing. Authors interested in the latter option are invited to contact the Editor-in-Chief for a cost estimate.

    Korean Studies prints images approximately 4.25” wide with a maximum height of 7.25”. All images should be submitted at 300 dpi at full size. All layout questions, concerns, or preferences should be expressed upon acceptance, and UH Press will accommodate authors to the best of its ability. For example, multi-part images submitted as separate image files should be clearly labeled as such, e.g., Fig. 1a, Fig. 1b, and desired layout examples should be provided in PDF format when appropriate.

    Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright holder permission to reproduce all licensed content in print and digital formats.

    Captions for figures should be presented in the final page(s) of the manuscript and after the tables.


    Tables should be submitted in a Word document, either embedded at the end of the manuscript itself or in a separate file. Tables may also be submitted as Excel files. An example of the specific format is provided below:

    Norton, C.J., Gao, X., 2008a. Zhoukoudian Upper Cave revisited. Current Anthropology 49, 732–745. (Table 5)

    Table 5. NISP and percentage data for cervid mortality profiles (based on the right mandibles).


    ZKD UC 1933 (N=38)

    ZKD UC 1934   (N=48)


      15 (39.47%)

    27 (56.25%)


     20 (52.63%)

    20 (41.67%)


     3 (7.89%)

    1 (2.08%)

    Any questions regarding manuscript submission may be directed to the Editor.


  • Editorial Board
  • Editor

    Cheehyung Harrison Kim, History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

    Book Review Editor

    Ji Young Kim, Communication, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

    Editorial Board

    Donald Baker, History, University of British Columbia

    Victor Cha, Political Science, Georgetown University

    Hae-Young Kim, Linguistics, Duke University

    Jangsuk Kim, Archaeology, Seoul National University

    Keun Lee, Economics, Seoul National University

    John Lie, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

    Roald Maliangkaij, Cultural Studies, Australian National University

    Michael Pettid, History, SUNY Binghamton

    Janet Poole, Literature, University of Toronto

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